My Mom occasionally made "Mother-Daughter" outfits for us to wear.
I still remember wearing this outfit; it was a deep rose colored corduroy jacket and skirt set.
The texture of the soft cotton fabric fascinated me, and I remember thinking that it was the kind of fabric I usually had for pants.
I also remember thinking that I wished it was a lighter shade of pink, that my Mom looked wonderful in that rose shade but that it was too grown up of a shade of pink for me to wear.
I don't recall the hat for some reason. I do remember the purse, and looking at the picture I wonder why those gloves were so big?
I know the picture was taken after church, and I was probably around age 3 or early 4.
For many years Mother's Day was a pretty straightforward event; flowers, a card, church, maybe a corsage. Maybe time with my mom's mother who also lived in town.
The tricky part was figuring out a Mother's Day gift, and then a birthday gift to be given less than thirty days later! In elementary school we usually had an art project we could give as a gift. I remember really trying hard to make those cards and gifts special!
My mom was a 50's mom; stay at home, keeping house, getting dinner on the table, and going to church on Sunday. Being a den mother, a Camp Fire Girl leader, a Sunday School teacher, a PTA (in our case, a "Family and Faculty Club") member, a Bible Study attendee, a cooking class member, a swimming instructor...all those things that women did in the 50's and 60's because their role in life was to nurture a family.
All that Mom did for our family has a dollar value that is currently estimated at being worth $138,095 a year.
And I'm not sure the community involvement is figured into that sum.
I know that is low ball estimate.
But it is a figure to think about.
(Bernie and I did think about this when our children were little.We insured me so our children could be cared for should I have been unable to do what I did as a full time mom.)
The matching outfits were so fun. It was so special to be dressed like my mom, who was (AND STILL IS) well liked by all who knew her. The outfits let everyone know I was her daughter! What a special thing that was.
What a special thing that still is today.
I'm proud to be my mom's daughter.
My mom is in the greenish dress, and next to her in the solid beige dress is Bernie's mom.